Steering Committee Approves INPRO's Future Strategy and Activities
Nov 15, 2011
2-4 November 2011, IAEA
The INPRO Steering Committee met for its 18th meeting at the IAEA on 2–4 November 2011. Forty-one representatives of INPRO’s 34 Members, as well as observer countries and international organization attended the meeting chaired by Mr Robert Speranzini of Canada.
This Steering Committee Meeting was the final one in a series of three planning meetings which started a year ago. Its main objective was to finalize and approve the mid-term strategy and vision for INPRO’s development to 2017, and the INPRO Action Plan with strategic directions and new activities for the next two years.
“Both documents have been developed in a consultative and cooperative process. We appreciate the contributions of INPRO Members in developing these two strategic documents”, said Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy and INPRO Project Manager in opening the meeting.
The meeting heard presentations on past work and new activities planned for the next biennium as well as expressions of interest for and participation in new INPRO projects, financial and other contributions to INPRO and further comments and recommendations.
“We had good discussions and concluded, as a Steering Committee, that we approve the 2017 INPRO Vision and the Action Plan for the upcoming years 2012-2013. This is one of the good outcomes of the meeting”, remarked Mr Speranzini. On behalf of the Steering Committee, he commended the Secretariat and the INPRO Group for progress achieved in 2010-2011 and delivery of high quality work with limited resources.
“INPRO’s work will be organized in four main Projects, and seven new activities are planned in cooperation with Member States”, said Randy Beatty, Leader of the INPRO Group at the IAEA.
The INPRO Projects are:
- National Long-range Nuclear Energy Strategies
- Global Nuclear Energy Scenarios
- Technological and Institutional Innovations
- Policy and Dialogue
New INPRO collaborative activities will address, for example:
Synergetic Nuclear Energy Regional Group Interactions Evaluated for Sustainability (SYNERGIES): Building on and enhancing the analytical framework developed within the INPRO collaborative project on Global Architecture of Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems (GAINS), this new Collaborative Project plans to model and examine more specifically the various forms of collaboration among nuclear technology suppliers and users and the driving forces and impediments to achieving a globally sustainable nuclear energy system.
Proliferation Resistance and Safeguardability Assessment (PROSA); in this project INPRO will continue a close cooperation with the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to develop a set of tools and harmonize methodologies to assess proliferation resistance and safeguardability of nuclear energy systems.
ROADMAPS will be a project which aims at answering the question of “what needs to be done, when and by whom to achieve a collaborative transition to sustainable nuclear energy systems?”
Load following capability in innovative designs (LOADCAPS) will be a collaborative activity with interested Member States that will focus on aspects of design features of nuclear power plants regarding load-following capability, i.e. assist countries in planning for the introduction or expansion of nuclear power in accordance with the demands of their electricity grids.
“The INPRO methodology, INPRO’s flagship tool for assessing the sustainability of a country’s existing or planned nuclear energy system, will be revised and enhanced over the next two years, based on feedback from Member States and input from those countries that have applied the methodology in a national Nuclear Energy System Assessment”, said Mr Beatty.
Enhancing public acceptance of nuclear energy and how to handle and improve communication with stakeholders came up as a topic of considerable interest among Steering Committee members during the discussions. Therefore, information on the Agency’s assistance to Member States in stakeholder involvement was provided as well as a new NE Series publication on ‘Stakeholder Involvement throughout the Lifecycle of Nuclear Facilities’ (NG-T-1.4).
In order to accomplish this ambitious and important technology programme, adequate resources are required for its implementation. “There is an obvious interest in and support from the Steering Committee in having an adequate IAEA regular budget for INPRO”, said Chairman Speranzini. “From the Member States’ point of view, there is also the responsibility to make sure that Member States are contributing adequate extrabudgetary funds and cost free experts to INPRO”, he stressed.
In closing the meeting, Mr Bychkov pointed out: “I also want to put more emphasis on close cooperation with other international organizations. We have fruitful relations and cooperation with GIF, ISTC, OECD/NEA, SNETP and WNA. I also appreciate the presentation we heard from the representative of International Forum on Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC). In identifying commonalities and areas of potential cooperation, I think that IFNEC and INPRO could join forces on innovative projects in the area of the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear energy systems.
During the meeting, the representative of Israel informed the INPRO Steering Committee that the Government of Israel has decided to join the Project to become INPRO’s 35th Member.
The next meeting of the INPRO Steering Committee is scheduled for the week of 9 July 2012.
As of 1 November 2011, the following countries are official members of INPRO:
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and the European Commission.
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